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    The Best Immune Boosting Garlic Broth

    January 10, 2019

    It’s no secret that Garlic has been used for centuries for its healing properties, boosting the immune system, and reducing inflammation. There are many wonderful websites available on the wonders of garlic in the diet, and I encourage you to research as many as possible.  In the meantime, you can whip up this garlic broth with just TWO ingredients. Drink a hot mug-full daily, and you are certain to see BIG changes in the way you feel. I like to have mine at night before bed – and, truth be told, it is very addictive.

     

     

    You can vary the ingredients used in your broth. My friend Nina added mushrooms and I have to say – I tried it and loved it! She does not strain her broth and enjoys eating it with the veggies included for added nutrition. I prefer to strain mine and just drink it clear. Either way, it is a delicious way to reap the many benefits of garlic. Be prepared to make a double batch! The wonderful thing about this broth is you can use what you have available in your pantry – you only need two ingredients – garlic and vegetable broth -the rest is up to you!

    The Best Immune Boosting Garlic Broth

    Ingredients:

    2 heads of garlic

    2 quarts of Veggie Broth (you know my all-time favorite is Zoup, and you can now order it on their website)

    Any variation of the following:

    3-4 bunches of scallions

    or

    2-3 leeks, green parts cut off

    or

    a quarter of a sweet onion (I do not recommend red onions!)

    and

    a handful of whatever herbs you have in your fridge. I used cilantro.  But feel free to use whatever you have on hand.

    Optional ingredients:

    Mushrooms

    Carrots

    Cooked noodles

    Directions:

    In a large soup pot, add a few tablespoons of the veggie broth. Break apart a head of garlic, peel the bulbs and smash slightly. Add to the broth and saute for 5-8 minutes, just until golden. You might need to add additional broth during the browning process.

    After the garlic has turned a light golden brown, add the rest of your broth, and any combination of veggies and onions you have on hand. Add the second head of garlic, halved cross-wise (no need to peel).

    Note- I want to caution you on adding carrots – I made this broth once with carrots and I felt it changed the taste of the broth considerably – so if you do not LOVE carrots, do not add them.

    Bring the broth and ingredients to a boil. Turn down the heat just a bit and gently boil until broth is slightly reduced.

    Strain your broth or use a wide slotted spoon to fish out the garlic and herbs.

    You can also add noodles at this point (I prefer rice noodles) or serve piping hot as is (my favorite!)

    The Best Immune Boosting Garlic Broth
    Author: Gay Van Beek for Canterbury Cottage Designs
    Ingredients
    Ingredients:
    • 2 heads of garlic
    • 2 quarts of Veggie Broth you know my all-time favorite is Zoup, and you can now order it on their website
    • Any variation of the following:
    • 3-4 bunches of scallions
    or
    • 2-3 leeks green parts cut off
    or
    • a quarter of a sweet onion I do not recommend red onions!
    and
    • a handful of whatever herbs you have in your fridge. I used cilantro.  But feel free to use whatever you have on hand.
    Optional ingredients:
    • Mushrooms
    • Carrots (see my note below about adding carrots)
    • Cooked noodles
    Instructions
    Directions:
    1. In a large soup pot, add a few tablespoons of the veggie broth. Break apart your first head of garlic, peel the bulbs and smash slightly. Add to the broth and saute for 5-8 minutes, just until golden. You might need to add additional broth during the browning process.
    2. After the garlic has turned golden, add the rest of your broth, and any variations of veggies and onions you want to include. Add the second head of garlic, halved cross-wise (no need to peel).
    3. Bring the broth and ingredients to a boil. Turn down the heat just a bit and gently boil until broth is slightly reduced.
    4. Strain your broth or use a wide slotted spoon to fish out the garlic and herbs.
    Recipe Notes

    *You can also add noodles at this point (I prefer rice noodles) or serve piping hot as is (my favorite!

    *I have made this broth with carrots, and it drastically changes the taste. Personally I love carrots and the taste did not bother me, but unless you love carrots, I would leave them out. 

    Enjoy!